There isn’t any secret that it takes two to create and keep up with a healthy relationship. I might agree with this statement, but I also know that there is a lot one individual can do to change the dynamics of any relationship and since none of us have the power to change someone else, it only makes sense that the best place to begin in our relationships is with ourselves.
Our lives are touched by many relationships. While most of us define a relationship as existing between two individuals, there are other kinds of relationships as well. The sole component of your relationships that remains constant is you.
Without love and respect for yourself, it is hard to love and respect others. A true relationship with yourself is vital to creating honest and open relationships with others. The relationship with yourself must be nurtured frequently so you can be emotionally and physically available to your other important relationships.
Relationship with significant other: This relationship may or may not be present in your family, if it is, it’s the link that ties your family together. This link must be resilient enough to withstand the challenges of raising your children and building a healthy family.
Relationships with children: These relationships are why we call ourselves mom. We have been entrusted to be their providers and protectors. Our children depend on us for guidance, teaching, and most importantly, love.
Relationship with friends: Our friends, depending on who we select, have the ability to be an excellent support for us. Friends provide significant emotional needs for women, and remind us that fun, sharing and bonding is important for our overall well-being.
Relationship with time and money: Although time and money are not people, they are precious commodities in our lives. How we decide to spend our time affects every relationship in our lives. Our relationship with money holds energy in our lives. We have the capacity to attract or repel money depending on how we treat it.
Relationship with parents and siblings: These relationships were our primary relationships in life. It is where we learned how to be in relationship with other people. Depending on what we learned in our early years, we may or may not want to model these relationships. Healing these first relationships significantly affects the health of our relationships today.
In each of these and other substantial relationships, you’re a vital contributor. Who you are in each of these relationships can make or break the quality that you experience. So be yourself and align you relationships with your values. Make the time to nurture your relationships because, in the end, relationships are all that really matter.